Joe Metheny: The Man who Made BBQ Out of His Victims
You never know what the mystery meat is
Joseph Metheny claimed to have murdered 10 people although police found evidence of just two of those murders. Heavily into hard drugs, Metheny chose victims of the same stature, oftentimes local prostitutes whom he brutally sexually assaulted before strangling the woman to death.
The 6’1” tall, 350+ pound man known as Tiny frequented area bars and often lived with homeless men in makeshift encampments in South Baltimore. Most money he got his hands on went toward his crack cocaine and heroin addiction.
A Murder Spree Begins
In 1994, Metheny lured a local prostitute named Cathy Ann Magaziner to his home. He buried her body in a shallow grave at his worksite, where it remained for two years before discovery. Metheny said that six months after the murder, he dug up the body, had sex with it, then threw her head in a trash can.
Before police connected Metheny to this murder, he'd been arrested for the 1995 murders of Randall Brewer and Randy Piker, two homeless men he knew from “Tent City.” After rivals between different homeless groups, a man named Larry Amos stole a firearm and killed a man named Everett Dowell. He spent some time in prison for the murder.
Police found the bodies of Brewer and Piker on Aug. 2, 1995, the same day that Dowell was killed. Police arrested Metheny for the murders but the jury concluded there was insufficient evidence to convict him.
Metheny later confessed to murdering all three men.
In Nov. 1996, Metheny stabbed single mother and heroin user Kimberly Lynn Spicer to death with a knife after luring her to the trailer he recently acquired.
On Dec. 8, 1996, he kidnapped and attempted to rape Rita Kemper. He lured Rita to the trailer to share drugs and when she refused to have sex with him, he chased her down, beat her, dragged her back into the trailer, and attempted to rape her. He also told the woman he was going to kill her and bury her in the woods with the other girls but she managed to escape through a window. Rita notified the police.
Friend Turns Metheny Into Police
A couple of weeks later, Metheny asked a friend to help him move Spicer’s body, which had been buried at his worksite. That friend notified police and on December 15, 1996, Metheny was arrested, along with the owner of the pellet company where he worked.
Metheny confessed to several murders, including that of Spicer. He claimed to have thrown bodies in the Patapsco River, though none was ever found. He took police to Magaziner’s grave where they found decapitated remains with much of the skull missing.
Metheny was sentenced to death for the murder of Spicer. During sentencing, Metheny commented that he enjoyed murdering people and that he “got a rush out of it, got a high out of it” and the world would never hear an apology from him.
“The words ‘I’m sorry” will never come out, for they would be a lie. I am more than willing to give up my life for what I have done, to have God judge me and send me to hell for eternity.”
The death sentence was commuted to life in prison in 2000.
He was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering Magaziner.
During prison interviews, Metheny claimed to have mixed the women’s flesh with animal meat and sold it to customers at roadside stands. He was quoted as saying,
“I opened up a little open-pit beef stand. I had real roast beef and pork sandwiches. They were very good. The human body taste was very similar to pork. If you mix it together, no one can tell the difference."
Metheny’s lawyers later claimed their client was remorseful for the murders and that drugs had changed him.
Joseph Metheny died in his cell at the Western Correctional Institute in Maryland on Aug. 5, 2017. He was 62-years-old.
His last jailhouse statement also offered a warning to others:
"The next time you're riding down the road and you happen to see an open pit beef stand, that you've never seen before, make sure you think about this story before you take a bite of that sandwich. Sometimes you never know who you may be eating."